Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday facing the Indians.
Mesoraco hit a second-inning solo home run off of Danny Salazar, his second long ball of the spring. The catcher has been playing once every three days over the last week and a half, as he's been slowed a bit this spring since taking a foul ball off of his mask. Mesoraco should still be ready to go when the regular season begins.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Jake Petricka is dealing with some soreness in his throwing arm.
The skipper indicated that it's merely "normal spring training soreness" and that he expects the setup man to be fine. "We have a few guys that are doing that right now," Ventura said. "When they are ready to go, they are ready to go. I don't think it's anything that's going to make them miss the start of the season." Closer David Robertson is also nursing minor soreness in his forearm, so it's possible ninth-inning duties could fall to Zach Putnam should Robertson and Petricka recover more slowly than expected. At this point, though, the White Sox don't seem to be worried.
Todd Frazier clubbed his third Cactus League home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in Thursday's game against the Indians.
Frazier went yard against Danny Salazar in the first inning, staking his team to an early lead. It was only his ninth hit in 38 spring at-bats (.237). Frazier likely won't hit for a high average in 2015, but his combination of power and speed makes him a valuable fantasy asset. He hit 29 home runs and stole 20 bases last season.
Danny Salazar was lit up in Thursday's start against the Reds, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings.
The Reds' first two runs came on a first-inning Todd Frazier solo home run and a second-inning Devon Mesoraco solo shot. From there, the floodgates opened, as Salazar gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. Salazar has been rather inconsistent, but he has the potential to be an elite fantasy asset if he can put it all together for an entire season.
Brady Aiken underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
Last year's No. 1 overall pick left his first outing with IMG Academy last Thursday with an arm injury, and now everyone's worst fears have been realized. Aiken, of course, didn't sign after being picked by the Astros but had a shot to again be the No. 1 pick in 2015. Now the young lefty will be sidelined for the next year-plus.
Ryan Madson worked a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 3-0 shutout of the Mariners.
Madson's results have been a bit inconsistent during the spring, which is to be expected of a player who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to continuous elbow problems. The veteran reliever won't make the Royals' 25-man roster and can opt out after spring training, but he could head to Triple-A Omaha to serve as depth in the hopes of a mid-season call-up.
Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.
The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
Alex Gordon was hitless in three at-bats Thursday versus the Mariners.
Gordon, who made his spring debut on Saturday, is only 3-for-16 (.188) to start. He had been on the mend from January wrist surgery. Despite the late start and the slow bat, the Royals are counting on him to be ready on Opening Day. Gordon has made the All-Star team in each of the last two seasons.